Market Update

Here is a market update for closed homes comparing 2015 to 2014 so far on the Kenai Peninsula. The graph below includes Kenai, North Kenai, K-beach, Soldotna, South of Soldotna, Kasilof, Ridgeway, Sterling and Funny River.

Residential
Total Active
Agent Days on Market
Number Sold
Sold Volume
Average Sale Price
Area
Last Year
This Year
PCT
Last Year
This Year
PCT
Last Year
This Year
PCT
Last Year
This Year
PCT
Last Year
This Year
PCT
300 – North Kenai
91
91
0
348
188
-45
22
18
-18
4,357,500
2,201,354
-49
198,068
  122,297
-38
305 – Kenai
107
127
+18
173
95
-45
35
46
+31
6,927,421
10,112,527
+45
197,926
  219,838
+11
310 – Kalifornsky Beach
138
126
-8
217
144
-33
53
55
+3
12,229,176
13,442,259
+9
230,739
  244,405
+5
315 – S of Soldotna
21
24
+14
197
116
-41
6
5
-16
941,000
1,163,900
+23
156,833
  232,780
+48
320 – Kasilof
66
73
+10
274
164
-40
11
14
+27
1,693,707
1,891,000
+11
153,973
  135,071
-12
330 – Soldotna
60
86
+43
144
104
-27
28
25
-10
7,138,900
7,589,300
+6
254,961
  303,572
+19
335 – Ridgeway
80
56
-30
230
189
-17
10
22
+120
1,692,700
6,737,900
+298
169,270
  306,268
+80
340 – Sterling
133
130
-2
247
133
-46
32
28
-12
7,882,080
6,799,141
-13
246,315
  242,826
-1
345 – Funny River
43
52
+20
483
270
-44
6
2
-66
1,259,000
547,000
-56
209,833
  273,500
+30
Residential Totals:
739
765
+3
248
148
-40
203
215
+5
44,121,484
50,484,381
+14
218,324
  235,303
+7
Grand
Totals
739
765
+4
248
148
-40
203
215
+6
44,121,484
50,484,381
+14
218,324
  235,303
+8

The graph above shows that the market over the past six months has increased some. It also shows that the typical days on market are somewhat lower. Soldotna and south of Soldotna have had fewer houses sold in the last six months compared to last year but Ridgeway, Kenai and Kasilof have had good increases in number sold.

BISHOPS CREEK – NIKISKI

BISHOPS CREEK

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If you have never been to Bishop’s Creek then here’s why you should go.

Kraig and I woke up one morning and decided we wanted to go fishing.  I had been eyeing up Stormy lake for a while because I had heard there was some pretty good fishing there.  So we loaded up the raft, fishing poles and a cooler full of food and made our way to Nikiski.  It was a beautiful fall day, the leaves were bright red orange, and the air was crisp.  The drive alone made the trip worthwhile.  We were just pulling off the highway and realized the lake was closed.  Apparently the lake had been closed off because they were in the process of killing off the pike (which is one of the reasons we wanted to fish there).  We then turned around and headed back towards Nikiski, and noticed a turn off called Bishops Creek.  With nothing else to do we pulled in and started walking down the trail.  About a half mile later the trail opened up to Bishops Creek flowing into the ocean.  It is by far one the coolest beaches I have ever been to.  It was very secluded and private feeling which is very unusual for a beach on the Kenai Peninsula.  There were public restrooms and picnic tables right on the beach, which was nice.

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One year later…

At about 4 o’clock in the afternoon we went and picked up a small grill, some cheeseburgers and cheddar bratwurst and went out to have a small BBQ on the beach in Nikiski. The weather was just right and there was an amazing sunset. The tide came in pretty fast so we had to recede back to the ridge above. Made for a really nice picnic and is an easy place to get to even last minute.  I highly recommend anyone to check out this hidden beach on the Kenai Peninsula.

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Motorcycle Tripping Alaska

Kenai to Seward

Riding around Alaska is a great experience that not many people get to enjoy. You get to see a vast variety of different animals, mountains, sights and many more. A great ride that can get you out onto the open road, is a trip from Kenai to Seward.  It is about a two hour ride one way through the mountain pass. The road is mildly aggressive through the mountains so you can really get out there and enjoy yourself but not be too stressed with the ride.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, once out of sterling you can take an 18 mile long detour around Skilak Lake Loop. The road is gravel with many lakes and campgrounds where you can camp, fish and explore.

When you get to Cooper Landing this is where the road is most aggressive and rough. The speed limit changes intermittently between 55mph, 45mph and 35 mph.  Watch for fisherman if you are going to ride through in the summer time, especially in July.  There is one gas station in Cooper Landing called Grizzly Ridge.  It is probably a good idea to fill up with fuel just in case you want to take a few more detours along the way.  There are a few great places to eat such as Sacketts, Wildmans, Kingfisher Roadhouse and Princess Lodge.  There are many opportunities to stop and/or fish on the Kenai or Russian Rivers.

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Getting closer to Seward you turn from the Sterling Highway onto the Seward Highway. Again there are many campgrounds and scenic stops along the way. You will ride through two small towns called Moose Pass and Crown Point. Moose Pass is a small town near upper trail lake. Crown Point is near the east side of Kenai Lake.

Exit Glacier is right before you get into Seward and is a must stop. You can park your bikes and hike up the trail to the glacier head. Your bikes will be safe because they are parked in a fully staffed state park.

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Seward has an insane amount of restaurants for such a small town. A couple of our favorites consist of Rays Waterfront. They serve delicious fresh seafood.  Next would be Railway Cantina, they serve one of the best burritos anywhere. I highly recommend Christo’s Palace if you are in the mood for a great steak.  If you’re in the mood for Italian food I would recommend going to Apollo Restaurant.

Last but not least you must stop at the Alaska Sea Life center.  It gives everyone a chance to get up close and personal with Alaskan sea life.  You will not be disappointed when you leave.  They have everything from Sea Urchins to Sea Lions, and many things in between.

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At this point in our trip we would be packing up and getting ready to head back to Kenai, but there are still many other things to do in Seward.  For some people a simple ride to Seward sounds boring. The truth is there are plenty of things to do even if you wanted to just ride it is beautiful no matter what season.